Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 6 Waiver Wire - Deadine Day Transfers Edition

Every Fantrax manager knows that Waiver Wire acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. Our Gameweek 6 Waiver Wire article is here to help you pick up the best Draft Premier League players possible ahead of the next Fantrax waiver processing!

Essential reading before the Friday waiver requests process!


Gameweek 6 Waiver Wire

Here we outline Fantasy EPL Waiver Wire Targets that have 40% rostered or below on Fantrax. These players should perform well over the upcoming period!


Data provided by Draftlad's transfer table via Opta


Lucas Paqueta

Position: Midfielder

Team: West Ham

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Should walk into the West Ham team as the creative outlet from the middle of the pitch as an attacking number 8 or 10, relegating Benrahma/Lanzini/etc to a bench role. Moyes' notoriously slow integration process could be a small issue, but they haven't been playing well and Emerson and Scamacca got their chances fairly quickly. Paqueta can do it all, on both sides of the ball and should have a good ghost point floor as well as a nice ceiling due to his offensive contributions. 12.8 PP90, 8.8 gPP90, 9G 6A

Verdict: I would use a number 1 waiver or 80-90% FAB to get him.


Antony

Position: Forward

Team: Man Utd

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: An eye-watering fee brings in ETH's former player to a crowded United attack. Last season's numbers were worse than Sinisterra's from the same league on a worse team. United's wingers seem goal/assist dependent and once Martial is back, he could be competing directly for Sancho and Rashford for starts. If Eriksen or Bruno is ever used in a more attacking role, not to mention Elanga, there will be a LOT of bodies vying for starts. 15.2 PP90, 10.1 gPP90, 6G, 14A in Eredivisie, but expect a serious drop-off from there. He'll have serious upside in what should be a high-power offense, but he'll have little floor, like a riskier version of Sancho.

Verdict: I would use a number 2 or lower waiver or 50-60% FAB to get him.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Position: Forward

Team: Chelsea

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The former Arsenal reject was brought in to provide goals in an attack seriously lacking them. He played his best coming in from the wing on the left (fantasy-wise), but will most likely be played through the middle like much of his time at Arsenal and at Barcelona last season. We do not expect him to be able to piece together a 20 goal season but if Chelsea get their act together, he should start very frequently instead of Havertz, and score semi-frequently. His numbers have been extremely goal-dependent for some time: 14 PP90, 5.3 gPP90, 11G, 1A in 18 starts in La Liga last season. He also has a broken jaw and will be out for some weeks, so he may frustrate you for some time. At worst, he's another Havertz, at best he's a Havertz that scores goals fairly often.

Verdict: I would use a number 3 or lower waiver or 40-50% FAB to get him.


Sasa Kalajdzic

Position: Forward

Team: Wolves

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The towering former Stuttgart striker comes in in a semi-desperate attempt to breathe life into an ailing attack. Likely to seriously challenge the out-of-form Jimenez for a starting role. His aerial heavy profile fits the bill of a good Fantrax asset with great crossers of the ball around him in the forward positions as well as at wing-back. When he starts against lower-ranked teams, he will be worth an add. PP90 12.7, gPP90 8.3, 6G, 1A

Verdict: I would use a mid-level waiver or around 10-15% FAB to get him.


James Garner

Position: Midfielder

Team: Everton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: From United backup mid to competing for starts at Everton. With Gueye also in, and Doucoure, Onana, Iwobi, and more vying for starts, it'll be an interesting competition, particularly if Lampard keeps a 2 centre mids formation. If Garner does win the job, or partially, he showed signs of being a useful fantasy asset at Nottingham Forest last season in the Championship. 11 PP90, 8.4 gPP90, taking many sets. Everton aren't a top-of-the-table side (like Forest were) but if he manages to find himself starting and on some righty sets (over Gordon and Gray who have had some poor delivery thus far), he could be a cheeky, useful option.

Verdict: Wait and see


Jan Bednarek

Position: Defender

Team: Aston Villa

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: After being surplus to requirements at Southampton, Bednarek comes in to provide an instant upgrade on the available CBs at Villa. The unfortunate injury to Carlos forced Villa's hand and Bednarek will surely hit the ground running. That said, I would not be very excited by his fantasy prospects until Villa show signings being a competent EPL team. His surprisingly decent gPP90 of 8.2 last season does mean he's viable in good matchups if starting.

Verdict: Not worth waivering in. Potential streamer in good matchups.


Manuel Akanji

Position: Defender

Team: Man City

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Akanji comes in as a backup CB for City after a mixed spell at Borussia Dortmund. Likely not going to start a lot of games. Not great fantasy-wise even when he does. Think a clean-sheet-dependent, Kyle Walker-esque, City defender

Verdict: Not worth waivering in. Stream in high clean sheet odds starts.


Willian

Position: Forward

Team: Fulham

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Remember him at Arsenal without that epic first game. Willian will be a rotation option for Fulham who are making smart moves adding depth and Premier League experience to their squad to ensure they can sustain the challenge for survival. If he happens to take sets or find his dribbling mojo again, he could be worth streaming every now and then.

Verdict: Wait and see. Maybe a decent streamer, not worth waivering in.


Willy Gnonto

Position: Forward

Team: Leeds

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: An astute and sneakily great signing from Jesse Marsch's men. The young Italian forward has had a meteoric rise to fame and success even making his debut for the national team at the tender age of 18. He's an exciting & versatile forward who creates and dribbles well. Still, he's young in a new league and has tough competitors in front of him in Sinisterra, Aaronson, et al.

Verdict: Not worth picking up. Stream when starting or pick up if Leeds' attackers see more injuries.


Leander Dendoncker

Position: Midfielder

Team: Aston Villa

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Wolves made an interesting move to shift Dendo sideways to Villa. He's a Premier-legaue proven centre mid who came pretty cheap to Villa, yet likely will struggle to see many minutes. He'll serve as a backup at CDM to Kamara as well as CM to McGinn (behind Ramsey and Luiz likely as well). Villa have been in awful form, as has McGinn, but Gerrard has so far been reluctant to bench his captain. Regardless, he's an inconsistent scorer.

Verdict: Not worth waivering in. Occasional stream in a good matchup


Billy Gilmour

Position: Midfielder

Team: Brighton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Hopefully the perfect match; a talented, yet undervalued player meets a talented, yet underrated manager. Gilmour could really thrive at Brighton in a lower pressure, yet still quality environment. His value really too a hit playing in an abysmal side, but we did at least see that he could be involved in set pieces at times. Still he's going to have to fight for a place in the starting XI which won't come easy as Potter's troops have performed admirably thus far. Even if he does snag a place, if he's not on sets, he'll likely be a decent floor, low ceiling type of centre mid with very infrequent goal involvements.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Daniel James

Position: Midfielder

Team: Fulham

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: On his 3rd EPL team in 3 years, Leeds have decided to loan Dan James to Fulham despite not having significant winger cover. That should tell you plenty if his 6.5 PP90 and 4.2 gPP90 don't tell you enough. He should get plenty of opportunity at FUlham with the likely first choice wingers of Harry Wilson and Manor Solomon out injured, but also no complete guarantee he beats out the likes of Bobby Decordova-Reid or Kebano.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Laywin Kurzawa

Position: Defender

Team: Fulham

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Champions League finalist, multiple Ligue 1 winner, former French international full back, who comes in to bolster the Fulham defence. Has barely played in recent seasons, so he will need to prove his match sharpness before he gets a sniff of EPL minutes. Antonee Robinson has also played particularly well thus far so changes may be at a premium for their defence for some time.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Wout Faes

Position: Defender

Team: Leicester

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The man tasked with replacing Wesley Fofana and Leicester's only summer signing. 6.5 PP90, 5.9 gPP90 screams do not pick up, even if he starts. It is not looking like Leicester will be a regular in the Clean Sheet column this season either.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Arthur Melo

Position: Midfielder

Team: Liverpool

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: An injury stop-gap for Liverpool as Henderson has now been added to the 10 man strong injury list. Likely to stay under 10 starts unless the injury crisis deepens further. May even start behind the likes of Curtis Jones and youngsters Elliot and Carvalho in the pecking order. Liverpool midfielders historically are very bad Fantrax point scorers, and Arthur coming in as a 3.7 PP90 scorer last season should follow the trend.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Denis Zakaria

Position: Midfielder

Team: Chelsea

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Similarly to Arthur, Zakaria swaps the Juventus bench for an EPL bench for a team desperate for midfield bodies at the moment. As a loanee, he may start some games while the others are out, but when everyone's back healthy he may struggle to get time. Add in that he's a defensive midfielder that averaged 7.2 pts per 90 for Juve, and he's an avoid for us.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Idrissa Gana Gueye

Position: Midfielder

Team: Everton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The former Evertonian is back like he never left. Could prove to be an inspired signing as he will improve their defence and ball retention tenfold. Not much fantasy relevance, but could be a huge help to other Everton assets being able to perform better (Tarkowski, Mykolenko, etc)

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Sam Edozie

Position: Forward

Team: Southampton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The young former City winger/forward is the third player already signed from the Etihad ad the other 2 in Bazunu and Lavia have been superb so far. Still, I think Edozie is more of one for the future considering Southampton's crowded attack.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Loic Badé

Position: Defender

Team: Nottingham Forest

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Another day, another Forest transfer. This time it is a defender from Rennes. Wait and see. gPP90 of 5.8 is likely not good enough for a bottom-side centre-back.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Carlos Vinicius

Position: Forward

Team: Fulham

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Vinicius comes back to the Prem, courtesy of Benfica, to again be a backup striker. However, this time around, instead of the top 6 Spurs, its the battling Fulham. Mitro should start nearly every game unless hurt. Vini is no Mitro when he does start either. 7.8 pp90 5.2 gPP90 for Spurs in limited minutes.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Serge Aurier

Position: Defender

Team: Nottingham Forest

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The most reckless and fun "defender" Premier League has ever seen. Stream him if he starts in a half-decent matchup. More than likely, he'll be merely a backup to the ghost point-magnet, Neco Williams.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Position: Midfielder

Team: Southampton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Maitland-Niles fits the bill at Southampton as his main asset is that he is extremely mobile and pretty versatile positionally on the pitch. With Lavia temporarily injured and Romeu away to maybe greener pastures, he may get some minutes out the gate (in competition with Diallo), bu otherwise he will likely be a backup and try to challenge Lavia or even the wide/wing backs for a role in the XI.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Duje Caleta Car

Position: Defender

Team: Southampton

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The towering Croat will provide competition for ABK and Salisu in CB. He's a less aggressive defender, however, so his ghost points (4 gPP90) won't be up to snuff, and certainly on a leaky Southampton backline.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Wily Boly

Position: Defender

Team: Nottingham Forest

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Yes, another centre-back signing for Forest. This time it's the 31-year-old Boly who has struggled for game-time and with injuries for the last couple of seasons. He should be a solid addition to their back 3 if he can stay healthy, but he likely won't score enough ghost points (7.3 gPP90) to offset the goals conceded.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Jack Stephens

Position: Defender

Team: Bournemouth

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: The Cherries get 1 more, much-needed centre-back. Some admirable ghost point scoring (gPP90 7.9 last season) won't keep him afloat in the almost definitely last-place BOU side.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


Boubacar Traore

Position: Central Midfielder

Team: Wolves

Rostered: n/a

Prospects: Wolves found some much-needed midfield depth (particularly after selling Dendoncker to Villa) in the 21-year-old from Metz. He'll likely be a backup without injuries to the starting mid 3, but even as the next man up, his stats don't suggest any fantasy relevance. 6.3PP90, 5.3 gPP90 in Ligue 1.

Verdict: Not worth picking up.


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